The Exquisite Mendelssohn….

A recent performance of this piece in the Twin Cities recalled to me the first time I heard it long ago.  I saved my allowance and whatever other money I had as a child for recordings from the Columbia Record Club. The first two 33 1/3 records I bought were performances of John Wummer playing the Mozart Flute Concertos.  The third was the Mendelssohn.  I don’t recall the artist. Right from the start, I knew this was something extraordinary.  Its lines were simple yet profound.  The composition seemed almost classical.  The high E in the climax of the third movement seemed almost unbearably lovely.  I did not realize at that time that I had memorized much of it.  That came later, when it played through my head over and over. There was simply nothing like it then or now…:-)


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